June Christy

Do-Me-Ri

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A fascinating interpretation of the little-known 1960 Broadway musical by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, Do-Me-Ri represents another creative detour for June Christy. Half of the record comprises an instrumental set led by her husband, tenorist Bob Cooper, and features West Coast giants Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, and Conte Candoli. The songs are lightweight but appealing, affording Christy the opportunity to cut loose and have some fun. Her trademark intelligence and sophistication nevertheless remain intact, stripping tunes like "I Know About Love" and "Make Someone Happy" of their over-the-top theatrics to focus squarely on their emotional underpinnings. Cooper's half is no less impressive, adding depth and panache to Styne's featherweight melodies.

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